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Retreat On Jurassic Coast. Just Three Miles From The Beach. - Whytings

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights
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Whytings has 8 bedrooms each named after a game bird of Britain: 1 double en-suite, 2 double en-suite, 3 double & single en-suite - shared, 4 twin shared en-suite, 5 bunk-bed & double en-suite, 6 single & double bed, 7 twin en-suite and 8 double en-suite. There are seven en-suite shower rooms upstairs and one shower room and WC downstairs.

The Kitchen is situated off the main generous dining area, featuring a long dinning table which can fit 20 around it. There are 2 electric ovens with hobs, 2 microwaves, 2 fridge/freezers, washer/dryer and dishwasher.

There are 3 televisions in the property, with a large wide screen television in the living room (Freeview), along with a CD/radio. The room is furnished beautifully with six leather sofas and two leather armchairs providing comfort for all.

Full oil fired central heating. Travel cot and high chair available. Patio furniture included. Two supervised dogs allowed.

Bed linen and towels included (beach towels not provided).

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About the property


Whytings and Knowles are two lovely properties nestled within a Devonshire landscape of rolling fields and are surrounded by beautiful and peaceful walks. The advantage of being located between the Devon and Dorset borders is you are never too far away from a seaside town or farmers market, and there is plenty to do and see in the surrounding area. Lyme Regis is nearby where the beach, fossil hunting, water sports, sea fishing and literary (Jane Austen) walks await, as well as a variety of restaurants, cafes and pubs. We are also extremely close by to Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall's River Cottage HQ, and the River Cottage Restaurant in Axminster. Equally, if the quieter pace of life beckons, it is a perfect place to retreat to for utter relaxation. Whytings, the larger house benefits from its open plan living and spacious dining room space, which is perfect for large parties. Seven of the eight generous bedrooms come with en-suites. The garden area provides a gated and spacious environment to keep dogs and enjoy BBQ'S. Next door to Whytings is the self contained single storey barn conversion called Knowles. Knowles has one King size double bedroom and one family room, a sitting room with sofabed, kitchen and dining area and it's own outdoor area. Each of these properties can be booked independently of each other, or together to accommodate larger groups.

Hugh Massy-Birch
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2017

About Hugh Massy-Birch

Hello, My name is Hugh Massy-Birch. I am the owner of the Farm. We have had the farm for twenty one years. It is a tidy and clean working sheep farm with beautiful rural views and a hen house near Whytings itself, which offers the possibility of fresh produce for breakfast. The farm has been a wonderful, peaceful and spacious environment for my children to grow up in and I hope that the children who come to visit enjoy the grounds just as much. The woods that surround us provides beautiful, long walks on a sunny afternoon. We want to ensure that those who come to stay not only enjoy the cottage but also the Devon countryside and therefore we are always happy to recommend the best our rolling hills and nearby attractions have to offer.

Hugh Massy-Birch purchased this house in 1991

Why Hugh Massy-Birch chose Lyme Regis & West Dorset

The reason we bought property in this location is because it is an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is not only located in the stunning Devonshire countryside but it is also close to the sea, so that my children can have the best of both worlds.

What makes this house unique

It is rare to be able to go for a muddy walk in the coutryside after a mornings surf or sea swim. I think those are the main benefits of living in this location, but though we may live in an area of outstanding natural beauty we are not in the middle of nowhere. We are reasonably close (in rural terms) to large towns and the City of Exeter, and therefore there is much to do, but at the same time it is easy to retreat away and enjoy the calming and beautiful surroundings the Jurrassic Coast has to offer.

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  • Booking Notes:
    50% of the full payment is required when booking the property and balance due six weeks prior to the holiday.
    Please note that we do not offer a cancellation policy although if you have to cancel we will try out best to re-let your booking. Please be sure to make your own insurance & cancellation insurance arrangements as we are unable to refund your payments.

    Changeover Day:
    Changeover Day is Thursday every week and flexible off season.

    Notes on prices:
    Important: We do not offer a cancellation policy although if you must cancel we will do our best to re-book your dates. Please arrange your own cancellation insurance.

    Deposit of 50% due on booking with balance due 6 weeks prior to arrival. Payment by debit/credit card or cheque.

    Off-season short breaks available (October through to March excluding school half terms and holidays). 3 night minimum. These are charged at 75% of the cost of a normal weeks stay.


Lyme Regis House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 20
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Internet
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Toilet 1 - toilet
    Shower room 1 - shower
    Shower room 2 - shower
    Shower room 3 - shower
    Shower room 4 - shower
    Shower room 5 - shower
    Shower room 6 - shower
    Shower room 7 - shower
    Shower room 8 - shower
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Golf ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Notes on accommodation: Whytings and Knowles are suitable for large groups or extended families and friends. Both can be booked independently of each other or as one. Outside: There is a spacious area outside for several vehicles to park and surrounding the cottages are paddocks in which to roam and play. The cottages are located on a working farm and therefore please note that dogs and children must be supervised at all times.


5/5 -
(1 traveler reviews)

average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Great venue

  • 5 of 5

We had a family gathering at Whytings with 25 including children (aged 10 months to 10 years old) present and it was a great venue, nice big living and dining areas and ensuite shower rooms in most bedrooms (shame there isn't a bath anywhere though), it was brilliant being so close to the coast and lovely countryside all around but only 5 minutes from Axminster for supplies.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Lyme Regis

Special interest holidays:

The area offers a host of activities. There are nearby areas in which you can sea and river fish. You can sample classes in Lyme Regis including pottery and dressmaking. Lyme Regis also hosts festivals and art exhibitions throughout the year including the Jazz festival and lifeboat week, offering fun activities for both adults and children. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage HQ features many cookery classes, courses and events.

The house is surrounded by bridal and foot paths and beautiful, rural routes ideal for cycling enthusiasts.

The Tunnel at Chard offers target shooting and the Three Counties Gun Club offers clay pigeon shooting. The property provides gun keeping facilities.


Lyme Regis is the closest beach town to the cottage at 2.8 miles away and 10 minutes drive.


The closest train station to the property is Axminster at 4.2 miles away. The closest Airport is Exeter which is 45 minutes away, followed by Bristol at an hour and a half away. Car hire is recommended in this rural area.


The property sits 2.8 miles away from Lyme Regis, 4.2 miles from Axminster, 30.4 miles from Exeter.

Further Details:

Due to being situated between two towns, Whytings and Knowles are close to all amenities. There is a large Tescos in Axminster but please note that this closes at 4pm on a Sunday. You are welcome to organise a supermarket delivery, but please let us know in advance if the delivery time is before your arrival so that we can arrange for someone to open the cottage for you.

For larger shopping areas, Exeter is 45 minutes away by car and trains run to the city hourly from Axminster station. If you are travelling from London by train, there is a direct route that departs from Waterloo hourly and this is a three hour journey.


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